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Bowling News USA - February 5, 2016 Svensson Takes Lead at PBA Tournament of Champions



2015 PBA Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson, 20, averaged 232 for the first 32 games to lead the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions field of 24 finalists. Svensson kicked off Thursday’s morning round with 289-300 with his Pitch Black. Watch the video of his 12th shot here. He proceeded to win all four of his first round matches Thursday night to solidify his lead over the other competitors.  He struggled with the second set of matches but finished the night with a 238 win in his last game for a 5-3 match play record.

“But I’m happy; I didn’t expect this at all. I’m just going to have a good time and see where I finish tomorrow.” Svensson said in the PBA Press Release. Read more here.

The two-time defending champion and 2015 PBA Player of the Year, Jason Belmonte, is currently in ninth place heading into Friday.

The 24 finalists will bowl two final round-robin match play rounds Friday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST to determine the five finalists for Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals. Fourteen Storm players qualified for the match play rounds Friday. You can watch LIVE on Xtra Frame.

Round Five Standings (after 32 games, including match play bonus pins)
via PBA

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5-3, 7,624.
2, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 7-1, 7,358.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-2, 7,328.
4, Dom Barrett, England, 4-4, 7,315.
5, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6-2, 7,300.
6, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6-2, 7,292.
7, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2-6, 7,262.
8, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-5, 7,219.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-4, 7,212.
10, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 4-4, 7,178.
11, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5-3, 7,167.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-5, 7,141.
13, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 7,139.
14, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-4, 7,135.
15, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5-3, 7,125.
16, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-5, 7,110.
17, x-A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6-2, 7,085.
18, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 4-4, 7,044.
19, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2-6, 7,036.
20, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3-5, 7,014.
21, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2-6, 7,010.
22, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3-5, 6,987.
23, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3-5, 6,949.
24, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1-7, 6,704.


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